Speakers' Biographies


Main Session Speakers

Kenneth Turner is Associate Professor of Bible at Bryan College. He has a B.A.E. in Physics and Mathematics from Arizona State University (1995), an M.Div. and Ph.D. in Old Testament Theology from the Southern Baptist Theological Seminary (1999, 2005). Prior to coming to Bryan in 2006, Turner taught as an adjunct professor in schools in Kentucky and Texas, and served on church staffs as Teaching Pastor and Youth Minister.

Katherine Chon is the Senior Advisor on Trafficking in Persons in the Immediate Office of the Assistant Secretary, Administration of Children and Families.  She advises on anti-trafficking strategies, policies, training, and evaluation across multiple programs at the Department of Health and Human Services and coordinates anti-trafficking initiatives with other Federal partners.  Prior to government service, Katherine co-founded Polaris Project, an internationally-recognized nonprofit organization combating modern-day slavery where she worked directly with survivors of trafficking, established comprehensive victim service programs, and steered a partnership with federal and local law enforcement to create a community-wide victim response system.  Katherine received her Sc.B. in Psychology from Brown University, M.P.A. from Harvard Kennedy School, and completed the Executive Program for Nonprofit Leaders at the Stanford Graduate School of Business.  
Reverend Dr. Jim Ellison is the Director of Development for Street Grace, an organization based in Atlanta, Georgia, that battles child sex trafficking. Prior to Street Grace, Jim served several United Methodist congregations in the Atlanta area including Atlanta First United Methodist Church. Jim also serves as a member of the Board of Trustees for Young Harris College. Jim holds an Associate of Arts degree in Religious Studies from Young Harris College, and a Bachelor of Arts in Religion from LaGrange College. Immediately following the completion of his undergraduate degrees, Jim enrolled at Emory University’s Candler School of Theology and received his Master of Divinity degree the spring of 1993. Most notably, Jim received his Doctor of Ministry degree in preaching and church leadership from Asbury Seminary in 2005, where he was awarded the Beeson Pastor Fellowship scholarship. Jim is married to the former Beth Parrish, and they have two sons, Will and Ben.